BRAHMA PURANA – 3

Daksha’s Offspring

Daksha’s wife was named Asikli and Asikli gave birth to five thousand sons. They were known as the Haryashvas. The Haryashvas were destined to rule over the world. But the sage Narada went to the Haryashvas and said, “How can you rule over the world if you don’t even know what the world looks like? Are you familiar with its geography and its limits? First find out about these things, before you contemplate ruling over the world.”

The Haryashvas went off to explore the world and never returned.

Daksha and Asikli then had another thousand sons who were named the Shavalashvas. Narada told them what he had told the Haryashvas and the Shavalashvas also went off to explore the world and never returned.

Daksha and Asikli were distressed that their children should disappear in this manner. Daksha blamed Narada for the instigation and proposed to kill him. But Brahma intervened and persuaded Daksha to control his anger. This Daksha agreed to do, provided that his conditions were met. “Brahma must marry my daughter Priya,” he said. “And Narada must be born as Priya’s son.”

These conditions were accepted. In fact, Daksha and Asikli had sixty daughters. (Elsewhere, the Brahma Purana mentions fifty daughters.) Ten of these daughters were married to the god Dharma and thirteen to the sage Kashyapa. Twenty-seven daughters were married to Soma or Chandra. The remaining daughters were married to the sages Arishtanemi, Vahuputra, Angirasa and Krishashva.

The ten daughters who were married to the god Dharma were named Arundhati, Vasu, Yami, Lamba, Bhanu, Marutvati, Sankalpa, Muhurta. Sadhya and Vishva. Arundhati’s children were the objects (vishaya) of the world. Vasu’s children were the eight gods known as the Vasus. Their names were Apa, Dhruva, Soma, Dhara, Salila, Anala, Pratyusha and Prabhasa. Anala’s son was Kumara. Because Kumara was brought up by goddesses known as the Krittikas, he came to be called Kartikeya. Prabhasa’s son was Vishvakarma. Vishvakarma was skilled in architecture and the making of jewelry. He became the architect of the gods.

Sadhya’s children were the gods known as Sadhyadevas and Vishva’s children were the gods known as Vishvadervas. The twenty-seven daughters of Daksha who were married to Soma are known as the nakshatras (stars).

As you have already been told, Kashyapa married thirteen of Daksha’s daughters. Their names were Aditi, Diti, Danu, Arishta, Surasa, Khasa, Surabhi, Vinata. Tamra, Krodhavasha, Ila, Kadru and Muni.

Aditi’s sons were the twelve gods known as the adityas. Their names were Vishnu, Shakra. Aryama, Dhata, Vidhata, Tvashta, Pusha, Vivasvana, Savita, MitraVaruna, Amsha and Bhaga.

Diti’s sons were the daityas (demons). They were named Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu, and amongst their descendants were several other powerful daityas liked Bali and Banasura. Diti also had a daughter named Simhika who was married to a danava (demon) named Viprachitti. Their offspring’s were terrible demons like Vatapi, Namuchi, Ilvala, Maricha and the nivatakavachas.

The hundred sons of Danu came to be known as danavas. The danavas were thus cousins to the daityas and also to the adityas. In the danava line were born demons like the poulamas and kalakeyas.

Arishta’s sons were the gandharvas (singers of heaven). Surasa gave birth to the snakes (sarpa). Khasa’s children were the yakshas (demi-gods who were the companions of Kubera, the god of wealth) and the rakshasas (demons). Surabhi’s descendants were cows and buffaloes.

Vinata had two sons named Aruna and Garuda. Garuda became the king of the birds. Tamra has six daughters. From these daughters were born owls, eagles, vultures, crows, water-fowl, horses, camels and donkeys.

Krodhavasha had fourteen thousand children known as nagas (snakes). Ila gave birth to trees, creepers, shrubs and bushes. Kadru’s sons were also known as nagas or snakes. Among the more important of Kadru’s sons were Ananta, Vasuki, Takshaka and Nahusha.

Muni gave birth to the apsaras (dancers of heaven). Diti’s children (daityas) and Auditi’s children (adityas) continually fought amongst themselves. On one particular occasion, the gods succeed in killing many of the demons. Thirsting for revenge, Diti began to pray to her husband, Kashyapa that she might given birth to a son who would kill Indra, the king of the gods.

Kashyapa found it difficult to refuse his wife outright. “All right”, he said. “You have to bear the son in your womb for a hundred years. And throughout this period, you will have indeed kill Indira. But if you do not observe these instructions to the letter, your desire will not be satisfied.”

Diti resolved to do as her husband had bidden her. But Indra had got to know about Diti’s resolve and was waiting for an opportunity to save himself. There was an occasion when, tired after her prayers. Diti went to sleep without first washing her feet. This was an unclean act and it gave Indra the required opportunity. He adopted a miniscule form and entered Diti’s womb. With his weapon vajra, he sliced up the baby inside the womb into seven parts. The baby naturally began to cry at the pain.

Indra kept on saying, “ma ruda,” that is, “don’t cry.” But the baby, or rather its seven parts, would not listen. Indra thereupon sliced up each of the seven parts into seven more sections, so that there were forty-nine sections in all. When these forty-nine sections were born, they came to known as the Maruts, from the words that Indra had addressed them. Since Diti had not been able to adhere to the conditions her husband had set, the Maruts did not kill Indra. They instead became Indra’s followers or companions, and were treated as gods. 

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‘Lord Rama’ and ‘Lord Krishna’ are one and the same being

“Lord Rama” is God & people worship Him as the divine incarnation of the Supreme , “Lord Vishnu”. It is said that “Lord Rama” was born at the time of Demon King Ravana, when due to Ravana’s evil rule, religious practices were on the decline. So to deliver the mankind at that time from evil forces, “Lord Vishnu”, who lives on the higher planet in His transcendental form, descended on earth. It is said that Lord Vishnu descended on the earth in the form of “Lord Rama” in “Treta Yuga” or “Treta Millennium”.

“Lord Krishna” is God & people worship Him as the divine incarnation of the Supreme, Lord Vishnu. It is said that “Lord Krishna” was born at the time of King Kansa, when due to Kansa’s evil rule, religious practices were on the decline. So to deliver the mankind at that time from evil forces, “Lord Vishnu”, again descended on the earth. It is said that Lord Vishnu descended on the earth in the form of “Lord Krishna” in “Dwapra Yuga” or “Dwapra Millennium”.

The above two paragraphs clearly tell us that Supreme God, “Lord Vishnu” descends on the earth to deliver the mankind from time to time. In “Treta Yuga” or “Treta Millennium” He took the form of “Lord Rama” & in “Dwapra Yuga” or “Dwapra Millennium” He took the form of “Lord Krishna”. As it is Supreme God, “Lord Vishnu” who descends on the earth from time to time, so both “Lord Rama” & “Lord Krishna” are the forms of Supreme God, “Lord Vishnu” only & hence are one & the same being. As per the Hindu scriptures “Lord Vishnu” shall again descend on the earth in “Kali Yuga” or “Kali Millennium” as “Lord Kalki”. Below verses of Bhagwat Gita also establish the above said facts.
Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 6:

“ajo ’pi sann avyayatma
bhutanam isvaro ’pi san
prakritim svam adhisthaya
sambhavamy atma-mayaya” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 6)

“Sri Krishna says to Arjuna: Although I am unborn and My transcendental body never deteriorates, and although I am the Lord of all living entities, I still appear in every millennium in My original transcendental form.”

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 7:

“yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srjamy aham” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 7)

“Sri Krishna says to Arjuna: Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O Arjuna, and a predominant rise of irreligion—at that time I descend Myself.”

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse 8:

“paritranaya sadhunam
vinasaya cha duskritam
dharma-samsthapanarthaya
sambhavami yuge yuge” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Four verse

“Sri Krishna says to Arjuna: To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium.”

Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Ten verse 31:

“pavanah pavatam asmi
ramah shastra-bhrtam aham
jhasanam makaras chasmi
srotasam asmi jahnavi” (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Ten verse 31)

“Sri Krishna says to Arjuna: Of purifiers I am the wind, of the wielders of weapons I am Rama, of fishes I am the shark, and of flowing rivers I am the Ganges.”

In this “Chapter Ten-Verse 31”, “Lord Krishna” himself is clearly saying that “of the wielders of weapons, He himself is Lord Rama.” So this verse also clearly establishes that “Lord Rama” & “Lord Krishna” are the forms of Supreme God, “Lord Vishnu” only & hence are one & the same being.

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Welcoming and resisting

Do you welcome all that comes to you or do you resist it? If you cannot resist anything, you cannot welcome anything! You cannot resist everything and you cannot welcome everything! You don’t welcome all thoughts that come to your mind. When you welcome a thought, it means you find it good and act on it. If you act on all thoughts that come to your mind, you will end up in a mental hospital or in prison. So, you resist or ignore some thoughts and welcome other thoughts. You need discrimination in life. Welcoming and resisting is a swing in life. Welcoming is essential for expansion and growth, and resistance is essential for maintenance.

Audience: But what you resist persists!

Guruji: If you resist a cold it does not persist! If there is no resistance in your body you cannot survive. Your body resists something and welcomes something.

Where the resistance is weak, the persistence happens. A weak resistance makes the opposition persist. A strong resistance erases the opposition. Strong resistance leads to valour, power and samadhi (equanimity). It brings in you the strength of a warrior. Nothing can tempt you, nothing can obstruct you. Then the victory is gained without fighting. Where there is strong resistance or total welcome, the victory is gained without any fighting.

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The Butterfly Effect

How Your Life Really Matters

How significant is my life? Do I really matter? 

In 1963, Edward Lorenz presented a hypothesis to the New York Academy of Science. His theory stated simply, was that:

A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air—eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.

Lorenz and his ideas were literally laughed out of the conference. What he had proposed was ridiculous. It was preposterous. But it was fascinating!

Therefore, because of the idea’s charm and intrigue, the so-called “butterfly effect” became a staple of science fiction, remaining for decades a combination of myth and legend spread only by comic books and bad movies.

Science has shown the butterfly effect to engage with the first movement of any form of matter – including people. So imagine the scientific community’s shock and surprise when, more than thirty years after the possibility was introduced, physics professors working from colleges and universities worldwide came to the conclusion that the butterfly effect was authentic, accurate, and viable.

Soon after, it was accorded the status of a “law.” Now known as The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions, this principle has proven to be a force encompassing more than mere butterfly wings.

Imagine what could happen in our lives, our relationships, or our businesses if we were able to put away our self doubts and fears, and MAKE JUST ONE MOVE that could dramatically affect how we live today.

Everything you do matters. Every move you make, every action you take matters

Our hope for our families, our places of worship, our businesses, our nation and world is an incredible life of permanent purpose that can be achieved when at last we understand: Every move we make and action we take, matters not just for us, but for all of us…and for all time.

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Desire for the fruits

Q: Guruji, why one should not have the desire for the fruits or results after doing one’s karma? Is it not but natural to feel so?

Guruji : Ok, then go ahead and keep the desire . It is not said that you should not have the desire or expectation for the result. But you do not have any control over the result. If you get a thing even before the need/desire for it arises, it is a sign of Atibhagya (great fortune). What is the meaning of Bhagya (Good fortune)? It is when you get a thing, which becomes available to you even before the need for it arises. The slightly less fortunate ones are those who get a thing when they desire it. When everything becomes available even without asking, it is Siddhi (an extraordinary ability). One whose desires get fulfilled after asking is a little less fortunate than the one whose desires are fulfilled without having to even ask. And if there is someone in whose mind so many desires arise but who gets very little after so much effort, such a person is even less fortunate. One who only toils the whole life and doesn’t get the results he desires is the least fortunate of all. Now how can one cross from one step of the ladder to the other? It is possible by Satkarma (good actions or merits). Doing Sadhana, Seva and Satsang all helps in this.

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संस्कृत के बारे में आश्चर्यजनक तथ्य

1. कंप्यूटर में इस्तेमाल के लिए सबसे अच्छी भाषा। संदर्भ: – फोर्ब्स पत्रिका 1987.

2. सबसे अच्छे प्रकार का कैलेंडर जो इस्तेमाल किया जा रहा है, हिंदू कैलेंडर है (जिसमें नया साल सौर प्रणाली के भूवैज्ञानिक परिवर्तन के साथ शुरू होता है) संदर्भ: जर्मन स्टेट यूनिवर्सिटी.

3. दवा के लिए सबसे उपयोगी भाषा अर्थात संस्कृत में बात करने से व्यक्ति… स्वस्थ और बीपी, मधुमैह , कोलेस्ट्रॉल आदि जैसे रोग से मुक्त हो जाएगा। संस्कृत में बात करने से मानव शरीर का तंत्रिका तंत्र सक्रिय रहता है जिससे कि व्यक्ति का शरीर सकारात्मक आवेश(Positive Charges) के साथ सक्रिय हो जाता है।संदर्भ: अमेरीकन हिन्दू यूनिवर्सिटी (शोध के बाद).

4. संस्कृत वह भाषा है जो अपनी पुस्तकों वेद, उपनिषदों, श्रुति, स्मृति, पुराणों, महाभारत, रामायण आदि में सबसे उन्नत प्रौद्योगिकी (Technology) रखती है।संदर्भ: रशियन स्टेट यूनिवर्सिटी.

नासा के पास 60,000 ताड़ के पत्ते की पांडुलिपियों है जो वे अध्ययन का उपयोग कर रहे हैं. असत्यापित रिपोर्ट का कहना है कि रूसी, जर्मन, जापानी, अमेरिकी सक्रिय रूप से हमारी पवित्र पुस्तकों से नई चीजों पर शोध कर रहे हैं और उन्हें वापस दुनिया के सामने अपने नाम से रख रहे हैं.

दुनिया के 17 देशों में एक या अधिक संस्कृत विश्वविद्यालय संस्कृत के बारे में अध्ययन और नई प्रौद्योगिकी प्राप्त करने के लिए है, लेकिन संस्कृत को समर्पित उसके वास्तविक अध्ययन के लिए एक भी संस्कृत विश्वविद्यालय इंडिया (भारत) में नहीं है।

5. दुनिया की सभी भाषाओं की माँ संस्कृत है। सभी भाषाएँ (97%) प्रत्यक्ष या परोक्ष रूप से इस भाषा से प्रभावित है। संदर्भ: – यूएनओ

6. नासा वैज्ञानिक द्वारा एक रिपोर्ट है कि अमेरिका 6 और 7 वीं पीढ़ी के सुपर कंप्यूटर संस्कृत भाषा पर आधारित बना रहा है जिससे सुपर कंप्यूटर अपनी अधिकतम सीमा तक उपयोग किया जा सके। परियोजना की समय सीमा 2025 (6 पीढ़ी के लिए) और 2034 (7 वीं पीढ़ी के लिए) है, इसके बाद दुनिया भर में संस्कृत सीखने के लिए एक भाषा क्रांति होगी।

7. दुनिया में अनुवाद के उद्देश्य के लिए उपलब्ध सबसे अच्छी भाषा संस्कृत है। संदर्भ: फोर्ब्स पत्रिका 1985.

8. संस्कृत भाषा वर्तमान में “उन्नत किर्लियन फोटोग्राफी” तकनीक में इस्तेमाल की जा रही है। (वर्तमान में, उन्नत किर्लियन फोटोग्राफी तकनीक सिर्फ रूस और संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका में ही मौजूद हैं। भारत के पास आज “सरल किर्लियन फोटोग्राफी” भी नहीं है )

9. अमेरिका, रूस, स्वीडन, जर्मनी, ब्रिटेन, फ्रांस, जापान और ऑस्ट्रिया वर्तमान में भरत नाट्यम और नटराज के महत्व के बारे में शोध कर रहे हैं। (नटराज शिव जी का कॉस्मिक नृत्य है। जिनेवा में संयुक्त राष्ट्र कार्यालय के सामने शिव या नटराज की एक मूर्ति है ).

10. ब्रिटेन वर्तमान में हमारे श्री चक्र पर आधारित एक रक्षा प्रणाली पर शोध कर रहा है.

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Karma yoga is selfless service

Karma yoga is selfless service. How did you serve others in 2013? How will you serve in 2014?

Karma yoga isn’t just for the holiday season, but this season is as great a time as any to practice karma yoga—selflessly serving others.

Getting outside of ourselves by offering help to others is a guaranteed way to feel happy. Making others happy makes us happy, too. It’s a most beautiful win-win situation.

1. Offer something to someone for free.

If you’re a yoga teacher, offer a free class or workshop for beginners. If you’re a baker, bake some cookies and go give them to the homeless or poor. If you’re a writer, write a manifesto or essay and offer it to your audience for free.

Get the idea? The possibilities are endless.

2. Donate time and attention.

This can be done through traditional volunteering through a non-profit organization—or by sitting with someone (anyone) and giving them your precious time and presence.

3. Donate money.

It doesn’t have to be a lot. Not all philanthropists are millionaires. A little money goes a long way in developing countries.

You can donate a lump sum, or set up your business to donate a certain percentage of your profits to a worthwhile service organization. 

4. Give stuff away.

Whether it’s to a church or temple charity, Goodwill or directly to someone in need, giving away our used (but still in good condition) clothes, toys and other household items benefits both the giver and the receiver.

5. Plant a tree.

And reduce, reuse and recycle. In other words, be more green. That serves our environment, which serves all beings and Earth itself.

Om Namah Shivay

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